In the world of Rental Managers, roommates can be a four-letter word. These are people who, live in your landlord’s building, use the amenities, add to the wear and tear of the building, and yet, you have virtually no control over them at all!
Historically the Residential Tenancy Branch has denied any jurisdiction over roommates because, amongst other things, s. 4 of the RTA says persons sharing kitchen or bathroom facilities do not have a ‘tenancy’ for the purposes of the Act*. In a Strata, the Strata Property Act says that relationship with a roommate is still a tenancy for the purposes of the Strata Property Act**.
And now, to bridge the gap, the Civil Resolution Tribunal has announced it will now deal with housing issues arising between roommates up to $5,000: https://civilresolutionbc.ca/how-the-crt-works/getting-started/small-claims-solution-explorer/housing/.
Here is the neutral citation of a CRT decision and an example of what we might expect in this area: N v. P, 2018 BCCRT 661.
Without a legal connection to roommates, landlords may have no legal connection: to claim for damage to property; to have rights of eviction; to increase rents; to make changes to the ‘agreement’.
How best can a property manager deal with these situations? How can you get them out if need be? How do you enforce an Order of Possession if that is required?
This seminar will review the law in this area, the new jurisdiction of the CRT and to discuss practical implications for a rental manager to deal with ‘roommates’ effectively.
After attending this seminar you will be able to:
- Distinguish between a tenant and a room mate;
- Understand the legal distinction of a lease v. a licence;
- Incorporate processes and wording into your relationships with tenants to avoid surprises;
- Know who to call if things fall apart.
Join us! This is going to make you a smarter, richer, calmer property manager!